Before 2017 closed, ILLwriteR got a chance to catch up with Precyce (of Stallone & Weathers) to chop it up about their most recent project release.
- Where did the inspiration to record this entire project come from?
Precyce Politix: We both like the same type of music with minor differences. We have always wanted to make a body of work that gives people chills and neck aches. Open-Car-Door music is what I call it. You know when you pull up on the block and jump out the car and leave your door open so everyone can hear what you are playing in your system!? That’s the kind of music we wanted to make. Something that makes you put your hoody on and jog an extra 2 miles because of how gritty it is. Something that makes you want to pick up your pen and write 32 bars like it’s nothing because of the inspiration from the lyricism. Something that makes a producer go from 4 beats a day to 12 because of the nostalgia that they may feel from hearing how the music comes together. Once we hit the studio it came together like a good plan.
- Why did you title the album Stallone & Weathers?
Precyce Politix: Hill and I have been working together for quite a while before we even thought of this. He has helped me develop as an artist, just like Apollo helped Rocky develop into an actual boxer. Before Apollo, Rocky was just a brawler. No defense, no finesse, no footwork. After Apollo, Rocky became a complete fighter under the tutelage and training of a legend. Pretty much fits us to a point. I was just a Brooklyn rapper before K-Hill. Now I know what it is to be an actual artist. Still learning by the way.
- What do you want the public to walk away with after listening to the EP?
Precyce Politix: I want them to walk away with the EP itself! I want them to just have that feeling of “damn, this was some good music!” I want the writers and the up and coming artists to walk away with confidence, the confidence to do what THEY want to do and the confidence to stay true to themselves in this art, because you better believe that S&W is going to do whatever we want to do music wise no matter what time it is industry wise.
- How is this album different from your previous discography?
Precyce Politix: As far as my discography goes, it’s the same formula, but just updated and elevated. The flows and patterns have been tightened, and the lyrics have evolved enough to have more of “me” in them. More personality, more knowledge, not just hard bars and catchy metaphors, there are some jewels and real-life experiences in the verses now, making them more enjoyable and easier to write honestly. Song structures are better too.
- Where are you currently at in your life and in your musical career?
Precyce Politix: Nowhere near where I want to be for both. Still gaining a buzz. I have a family now. Just had my son/sun come into this world 7 months ago, no more games. Everything has to work. There is no other option. Whether it’s being the best at my 9 to 5, or being a legend in this music, for me, one of these things if not both of these things WILL happen. I will accept nothing less.
- What inspired you to pursue a career in music?
Precyce Politix: Poetry and being a street-smart nerd. The poetry turned into rap over time. As far as the street stuff, I never sold drugs or anything that you hear every other rapper claiming but I have seen a lot and been through a lot more, but you can’t really speak on those things to your parents or anybody really, you learn to keep your mouth shut quickly unless you wanted to catch a buck fifty or worse. I had my notebook, I knew my notebook would never speak on the things that I wrote about seeing. It all just went from there.
- What is the ultimate goal for you as an artist with your music career?
Precyce Politix: Branch out into acting and directing and discovering other talent. Make a classic or 3, live comfortably off of the money made from all business endeavors.
- How are you unique from other artists? What makes you different from other artists?
Precyce Politix: I am me. Hard to duplicate me. You may be able to master the flow, you might even be able to re-tell the stories and insert yourself in them as the main character but nobody can be me, just like nobody can be you. Other clowns may put on the makeup, but at the end of the day, there is only one Joker.
- How do you feel about the current state of music? Do you feel it drastically changed?
Precyce Politix: Everything changes drastically over time. I feel that music is in a very interesting and exciting place and it’s our turn to contribute to and become a part of its rich history. No matter what happens inside the industry or otherwise, we will always be Stallone & Weathers and we will always have our own sound.
- What are some of the misconceptions the public has over artists?
Precyce Politix: That we disrespect women all the time, get rich overnight and that we have topless women with huge asses running around us all the time waiting for the next video shoot. Nowhere near the truth. We have families. We have responsibilities outside of music. We get sick of this s**t sometimes! It gets difficult, but we push through and keep doing what we love. Oh yeah, and this is expensive as hell if you doing it on your own like we are currently. So don’t think we ballin’. Not at all.
- Advice to aspiring musicians and advice to the youth who are often misguided in this world?
Precyce Politix: Stick to your beliefs and stand tall on your own two. It’s alright to be the one that doesn’t do what everybody else is doing. It’s alright to be yourself. You have your own story to tell, so tell it the best way you can and keep it funky. Be you, because you are the dopest person you know. Real talk.
- What do you think needs to take place for the music industry to recognize Raleigh as a city with so much talent?
Precyce Politix: U.N.I.T.Y.
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